Based on the total outstanding face value of global debt included in the ICE BofAML bond index families, the bond market growth rate inched higher in 2017 but was below historical averages. Read the ICE Data Indices report for more analysis.


  • The global bond market saw 4.8% growth in 2017. While this is slightly higher than the three preceding years, it is still well below the 7.5% annualized growth over the last 10 years.
  • After an uptick in the local sovereign sector in 2016, the growth rate pulled back to 4.5% in 2017, matching its lowest level since 2001.
  • Emerging debt markets grew at a combined 10.1% rate in 2017, which is more than double the rest of the global debt markets.

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